On Monday, New York’s Adam Platt gave a rare four stars to Atera and its haute-forager fare. What did New York’s crop of professional eaters think about the city’s restaurants this week? Let’s take a look.
Meanwhile, Steve Cuozzo finds himself dining in the presence of billionaires at Brasserie Pushkin, an upscale Russian outpost that isn’t quite worth the price. "Cod ruined by cloying apple puree was a $36 rip-off," the Post critic complains.
High-priced mediocrity is also on the menu at Strip House, where Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton finds unimpressive beef, and a $98 seafood platter on which "Alaskan king crab legs are waterlogged and poached shrimp taste like cardboard." Sutton awards the restaurant one star.
Robert Sietsema takes a gamble on Genting Palace at the Aqueduct Racetrack, and it pays dividends with "some of the city’s best dim sum." Best bets include "dried-fluke congee, supremely tender soy-braised chicken feet, and stuffed bean curd skin topped with shredded garlic chives."
The New Yorker is incredulous at the idea of Littleneck, a Kickstarter-funded up-and-coming restaurant specializing in its clams. "A clam shack by the Gowanus Canal?" writer Leo Carey asks. Indeed, everything about the restaurant spells "unpretentious" and "no-fuss" — but the entrées, surprisingly, are a bit too fussy.